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Hey guys, looking to have a little fun with this post. My wife and I are pregnant with our first child, and my golf game is evolving. My wife is due in October and I think it would be a fun goal to chronicle my game as I try to break 80 before the baby. It won't consist of anything crazy with playing more than I would each week, a 9 during the week and likely 18 on the weekend, with 1-2x at the range. I recently became a member at a local semi private course. http://www.stonewatergolf.com/-the-course. The link has the overall course layout with the scorecard for all those that are interested.  I am new to the game of golf over the last ~2.5 years. Last year the overall goal was to break 100 and consistency be in the 90's. Now this year I am finding that my game has improved with ball striking, my driver, and putting. I played this weekend didn't have the best round this year but put up a respectable 88 for myself. 

I had a great practice session before the round, but the kiss of death occurred when the head teaching pro stopped me on the way to the tee box saying how he watching me on the range Saturday, "hell of a swing, how'd you play yesterday", Funny part is I didn't play that day. I play with 2 members, coincidentally I have known them since high school which works out well. I end up getting a birdie on the first hole "Kiss of death" the double train started for the next few holes. Managed a 45 on the front with only one birdie, the back 9 3 pars and a birdie, to finish off with a 43 for final score of 88. I 

 

I look forward to the challenge, I have a free bag assessment, and a 1hour lesson complimentary of my new membership. 

My wife is enjoying this challenge as well and is fully on board with my golf game and playing schedule. 

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Congrats on the baby!!  And don't worry it will be years before the baby will be able to break 80 so you have lots of time to dial in your game!!  😁

Breaking 90 after only playing for a couple years is pretty good.  I know lots of people that play decades and can't do that!  

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@Shapotomousthanks, I really appreciate it. I thinks it’s a testament to practice and being able to understand mechanics. I was a decent baseball player in high school, but I’ve come to Learn having success in those two sports don’t exactly translate equally. 
 

I should also note that I recently got fitted over the winter for some new irons. My first set of fitted clubs. Which does take some of the toe dig shots out of the round 

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Congrats on the baby, I think you will do it as well.  October is right around end of season so that works out well for this year with the timing.  I can tell you at least for me, the first child didn't slow it down too much.  It was the 2nd and 3rd that slowed everything down quite a bit more.  Especially the first year when they kids aren't as mobile, so next summer you probably will have some time too.

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So here is the million dollar question. What are you doing to improve your game? Do you know where you are losing shots?


And congrats on the baby and good luck with your quest.

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Play the front tees at 5500 yards once every couple weeks to try and go low. 

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Good luck.  I broke Par for the first time one month before my 1st was born.  Have a 4 year old and 10 month old now and best round has been 74. 

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3 hours ago, DiscipleofPenick said:

Congrats! I think you can do it, after the improvement I saw over last season when we played. New irons should help a ton.

Take Dead Aim
 

So far it has been paying off. I know I am leaving a lot of strokes in the course but at this time my scores are still below 90 vs trying to sneak in under 100. The big 30 Yard slice is gone for good it seems off the tee!!

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3 hours ago, cnosil said:

So here is the million dollar question. What are you doing to improve your game? Do you know where you are losing shots?


And congrats on the baby and good luck with your quest.

I’m still very much learning my course. I have been tinkering with different methods of playing each holes. Most times I’ve played wind has been a large factor effecting some off my longer iron shots as I have a higher ball flight. Working on lowering my flight. The easier holes where my plan has been more to hit a hybrid or longer iron has not paid off. I should be scoring better on the short par 4s. I’m going to give my 3 wood a try vs the longer hybrid/iron until the heat really picks up here. My putting is still improving and it’s definitely can help me save a few strokes. It’s a combination of my driver and irons to hit more greens. My driver is hitting fairways but the course is not a hitters course. You need to be precise with location to set up the second shots on a few holes. I am only hitting 35% of greens early on, which is my big focus currently. In my opinion it should help me shave off 5-7 strokes. 
 

one downside to the course is that none of the par 5s are truely scorable to pick up any strokes. 

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3 hours ago, jlukes said:

Good luck.  I broke Par for the first time one month before my 1st was born.  Have a 4 year old and 10 month old now and best round has been 74. 

Thanks for the words of encouragement. The race is on🤞🏻

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10:30 tee time this morning. I’m feeling good about a little break through! Playing 18 with some new members who I haven’t met before, hopefully they’re a couple of gents

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On 4/19/2021 at 7:50 AM, RollingGreens said:

Hey guys, looking to have a little fun with this post. My wife and I are pregnant with our first child, and my golf game is evolving. My wife is due in October and I think it would be a fun goal to chronicle my game as I try to break 80 before the baby. It won't consist of anything crazy with playing more than I would each week, a 9 during the week and likely 18 on the weekend, with 1-2x at the range. I recently became a member at a local semi private course. http://www.stonewatergolf.com/-the-course. The link has the overall course layout with the scorecard for all those that are interested.  I am new to the game of golf over the last ~2.5 years. Last year the overall goal was to break 100 and consistency be in the 90's. Now this year I am finding that my game has improved with ball striking, my driver, and putting. I played this weekend didn't have the best round this year but put up a respectable 88 for myself. 

I had a great practice session before the round, but the kiss of death occurred when the head teaching pro stopped me on the way to the tee box saying how he watching me on the range Saturday, "hell of a swing, how'd you play yesterday", Funny part is I didn't play that day. I play with 2 members, coincidentally I have known them since high school which works out well. I end up getting a birdie on the first hole "Kiss of death" the double train started for the next few holes. Managed a 45 on the front with only one birdie, the back 9 3 pars and a birdie, to finish off with a 43 for final score of 88. I 

 

I look forward to the challenge, I have a free bag assessment, and a 1hour lesson complimentary of my new membership. 

My wife is enjoying this challenge as well and is fully on board with my golf game and playing schedule. 

Better break 80 now, because that time won’t be there after! If you want to keep golfing, don’t have more than one child!!! 😂😂😂

Wishing you, Mom, and baby all of the health and happiness possible!!!

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Better break 80 now, because that time won’t be there after! If you want to keep golfing, don’t have more than one child!!! 😂😂😂

Wishing you, Mom, and baby all of the health and happiness possible!!!

Thanks I really appreciate all the support for me, my wife, and future child!!

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Congrats on the upcoming birth of your first. I'd get as much golf in as you can before October since things will change drastically after. Keep us posted on your scoring and improvements achieved. 

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Well guys. I fell short today. 43 on the front I was off to a great start. Missed 2 putts I wish I could have back and 1 OB that was a big mistake with a 7 iron standing up in my downswing. Back was rough 49. I had a decent start, but played 14-17 on the double train which was a killer. The positive were 79% fairways hit. My driver since changing to the Tensei shaft has been a fairway finder, distance at 250+, only lost 2 balls on the front. 1 as stated above and the other going in the water in 7 which got me in the past. I think I am orientating my body poorly. The bad of the round 31 putts. No low it’s not all a result of bad putting but my irons stink right now. My accuracy to the green is poor. I haves why myself up in great scoring position off the tee but 7-my wedges are hot garbage. I’ll be taking the next few weeks to clean things up and likely use my free lesson with the club pro. I wish I could say it’s one thing but I’m all over, poor striking and placement. I don’t think it’s a big fix needed but I do need to make some adjustments because being that accurate off the tee with my driver should not yield that type of score 

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On 4/24/2021 at 2:17 PM, RollingGreens said:

Well guys. I fell short today. 43 on the front I was off to a great start. Missed 2 putts I wish I could have back and 1 OB that was a big mistake with a 7 iron standing up in my downswing. Back was rough 49. I had a decent start, but played 14-17 on the double train which was a killer. The positive were 79% fairways hit. My driver since changing to the Tensei shaft has been a fairway finder, distance at 250+, only lost 2 balls on the front. 1 as stated above and the other going in the water in 7 which got me in the past. I think I am orientating my body poorly. The bad of the round 31 putts. No low it’s not all a result of bad putting but my irons stink right now. My accuracy to the green is poor. I haves why myself up in great scoring position off the tee but 7-my wedges are hot garbage. I’ll be taking the next few weeks to clean things up and likely use my free lesson with the club pro. I wish I could say it’s one thing but I’m all over, poor striking and placement. I don’t think it’s a big fix needed but I do need to make some adjustments because being that accurate off the tee with my driver should not yield that type of score 

31 putts in general is a good number and isn’t what’s holding you back. Sub 30 putts per round is not the norm unless you are hitting 5 GIR or less and have a good short game. 

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10 hours ago, BMart519 said:

31 putts in general is a good number and isn’t what’s holding you back. Sub 30 putts per round is not the norm unless you are hitting 5 GIR or less and have a good short game. 

It’s really boils down to my iron and wedges play right now. Not taking advantage of being in prime position to hit greens is killing me and leaving me in poor position. Went out for a practice round off the back 9 since the weather was cooler and weren’t many people out and hit my irons and wedges from different spots. It seems that my tempo plays a big factor with my irons

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My money is on the baby breaking 80 first.

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3 hours ago, RollingGreens said:

It’s really boils down to my iron and wedges play right now. Not taking advantage of being in prime position to hit greens is killing me and leaving me in poor position. Went out for a practice round off the back 9 since the weather was cooler and weren’t many people out and hit my irons and wedges from different spots. It seems that my tempo plays a big factor with my irons

100% - you can't score if you can't get it on or near the green in reg. 

My two 18 hole rounds this year:
84 - 9 GIR, 29% FWY, 34 putts (4x 3 putts), 0 penalties
90 - 2 GIR, 67% FWY, 32 putts (0x 3 putts), 3 penalties

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